A town with a country feeling, El Sobrante is located near regional parks, the San Pablo Reservoir which is open for hiking and fishing, and wonderful Tilden Park. This scenic valley town is governed by both the city of Richmond and the county. Most of the newer developments are within Richmond, although many residents say they live in El Sobrante to avoid confusion. The newer developments are quite nice with attractive homes, many with pleasant hill views. The older, unincorporated neighborhoods range from standard ranch style homes to horse properties. The weather is usually warmer in El Sobrante than towns closer to the bay and avoids the morning and evening fog off the bay.
All the schools are in the West Contra Costa Unified School District, and there are also several well-respected private schools. El Sobrante is only 14 miles from the Bay Bridge toll plaza. The San Pablo Dam Road goes directly to Orinda in East Contra Costa. Depending on where you live in El Sobrante, it can be more convenient to drive to the Orinda BART station to commute to San Francisco than to take the highway.